Chinese Proverbs‎ > ‎

Quotes from the Book of Monkey King

  • You can not live near cinnabar without becoming red, or near ink without becoming black. 近朱者赤,近墨者黒。
  • The copper bowl meeting the iron broom, the jade gong confronted by the metal bell. 铜盆逢铁帚,玉磬对金钟
  • To save one life is better than to build a seven-storeyed pagoda. 救人一命胜造七级浮屠。
  • Clear wine brings a blush to the checks; Yellow gold moves even a philosophic heart.
  • Not a sip, not a sup.
  • A single strand does not make a thread nor can one hand clap. 
  • The chess-player needs a worthy adversary, just as the carpenter needs good wood.
  • Even a chicken must work for its food.
  • A team of horses cannot overtake a word that has left the mouth.一言既出驷马难追。
  • What the mouth speaks proves nothing; only by deeds can men be judged.
  • The dead go, the living stay.